Kansas City, MO.
September 7 & 8
10% Discount for T Ching Readers: TCHING2019
(Note: Classes are filling up fast. Most require advance registration.)
What is a Tea Festival? Let me paint a picture for you…
Imagine arriving early to be one of the early birds; joining the queue with fellow tea lovers – all excited for the doors to open and the first classes to begin. Imagine entering the large event hall filled with vendor booths featuring teaware and serving samples of their most popular teas from all over the world. You share the aisles with folks who have traveled from other states — even other countries — to enjoy the camaraderie. Sip teas you’ve never seen before from places you never knew grew tea. Relax in the British tea cafe for a western style cuppa and a proper scone.
It’s like sampling the entire world of tea all under one roof. Imagine more educational programs than you can attend and having to painstakingly choose between favorite topics and the many tea people you most want to meet.
Tea Fest Marketplace
In the past, gatherings like this were tea trade shows and only tea businesses could attend. Tea festivals are open to all and welcome any interested tea enthusiasts with something for all ages, including children. Tea lovers stock up on their old and new favorites, usually finding exceptional event discounts. But tea business owners and professional buyers benefit greatly from seeing the retail marketplace live in action.
At this year’s annual fest in Kansas City, there will be more than 30 vendors and a diverse lineup of speakers over the weekend event on September 7 and 8.
Special Events Stage
Some of the events are paid workshops and require advance registration. But the main event stage is open to all ticket holders without reservation. These are included in the cost of admission ($13). Some of these main events are:
- Sip for Peace; A Sip-In by Babette Donaldson of International Tea Sippers Society
- US Tea Cultivation by James Orrock of Single Origin Teas
- A Simple Way to Find Your Perfect Cup of Tea by Stacy Robertson of Tea Market
- Picking Your Friends’ Favorite Tea by Kevin Christiansen, Cafe Barnabas
- Tea, Tourism, and Social Change by Nishchal Banskota of Nepal Teas LLC
- International Tea Cuppers Club Cup Warming Social by Dan Robertson of The Tea House
- Jing Si Tea (Still Thoughts) Ceremony by Dr. Sally Wei of Jing Si Books & Cafe
- The Way of Tea & the Tea Ceremony by Rachel Maley, Cha Dao Chicago
- The Dangers of Tea Marketing by Cody Wade of The Oolong Drunk
And especially for children: There’s a special event tea party with Stephanie Paasch, author of “Sparklepants: Terrific Tea Time!”
Images from Midwest Tea Festival website and used with permission